Coach Conversations: Matt Dixon - The 4 Pillars

Coach Conversations: Matt Dixon - The 4 Pillars

Do you obsess about training hours and working hard, but tend to neglect components such as recovery? Is it challenging to truly go easy on the lighter training sessions prescribed? Do you aim to integrate functional strength, but find it increasingly falling by the wayside as the season progresses? You are not alone. 

As endurance athletes, it is natural that the endurance component of training will dominate your thinking, but doing so while ignoring the supporting components of strength, nutrition and recovery will always limit your long term progression. Much of the challenge comes from managing the demands of training within the busy lives that we all lead, so the less valued components will always fall away.

In this video, I discuss the purplepatch pillars of performance, an educational tool that we use for the purplepatch athletes. While very simple in concept, they have become the heartbeat of our methodology and training culture, and a valuable tool to enable our athletes to make smart ongoing decisions about their training in daily life. The result? More healthy, strong, injury free and high performing athletes, who can not only improve their endurance sports performance, but also have energy left over to excel in life.


Matt Dixon is one of the leading endurance coaches in the world. He brings a unique background of professional coaching experience, elite athletics and education to lead the purplepatch team. He is a highly sought-after resource in the endurance community, writing and contributing to multiple publications such as Triathlete Magazine, Lava Magazine, Outside Magazine and Triathlete Europe.

His Master's degree in clinical and exercise physiology, as well as his experience as an elite swimmer and professional triathlete, form the backbone of his coaching philosophy, but it is his incredible ability to lead, educate and develop all levels of athletes to their potential with his excellent communication style that makes him such a sought after resource. You can follow him on the purplepatch blog, Facebook or Twitter @purplepatch.

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